Vegan leather jackets are a wardrobe staple that’s anything but basic. Slipping one on can instantly up your style game. Unlike genuine leather, the best vegan leather jackets for men don’t absorb water, are easier to clean and aren’t as heavy. No one wants to spend an afternoon applying mink oil to a leather jacket just to make it comfortable and to stop that weird creaking noise.
Vegan leather jackets offer all of the style without any of the annoying maintenance or animal parts. While some faux jackets are simply a more affordable version of leather jackets, you can also find vegan leather clothing from the world’s top designers, who often use this material in their work.
Vegan Jackets for Men 101
Vegan leather is also called faux leather and artificial leather. While vegan leather can be made from cork, mushrooms and other interesting ingredients, most vegan leather is made with polyurethane. Most faux leather jackets will state that they’re either made from polyurethane or polyester, but the truth is polyurethane and polyester are the same thing.
We know that “vegan” sounds fancy-schmancy, top designers like Stella McCartney, Nanushka and Donatella Versace often use the word “faux” when describing their leather-looking goods. Basically, salespeople and search engines use these terms interchangeably.
Unlike real leather, these jackets don’t need to be treated with special products, and most can be thrown in the wash. However, while genuine leather will look better with age when treated properly, faux leather can crack and rub away in time.
The Different Styles of Vegan Leather Jackets
The best vegan leather jackets for men come in four main styles: biker, motorcycle jackets (also known as racing or moto jackets), bomber and trucker.
Vegan leather biker jackets have a boxy cut, a front diagonal zipper, wide lapels, zippered sleeves, a front snap pocket and may have a belted waist. Think The Ramones or Matthew Hitt. Biker jackets add a rock n’ roll edge to an outfit.
Vegan leather bomber jackets are based on the ones worn in WWII. Like a varsity jacket, they have ribbed cuffs, collar, and waist, and two slash pockets. They’ve got a sporty, masculine vibe. Think Chris Evans as Steve Rogers in Captain America or Ewan MacGregor in Trainspotting.
Vegan leather moto jackets have a lean look, as they were originally designed for motorcycle racing. They usually have a snap collar, zippered sleeves and a curved back hem. Some are detailed with quilted shoulders, sleeves, or a quilted lower back panel. Actors Bradley Cooper and Dwayne Johnson are fans of this style.
Finally, vegan trucker jackets look like an elongated version of a denim jacket. They either have a snap or zippered front, two front flap pockets and two slash pockets.
1. Levi’s Classic Faux Leather Motorcycle Jacket
The first motorcycle jacket was designed by Schott NYC in 1928 and sold by Harley Davidson. Made from heavy leather, the belted waist kept the jacket in place while the wind whipped around you. The diagonal zipper was used to keep the jacket lying flat when the rider was hunched over the bike. The style has stayed the same throughout the years. Sometimes belts and epaulets were taken off and then re-added depending on the era. It’s really an iconic piece of clothing that can be found world over.
Made by Levi’s, another fashion legend, this vegan black leather motorcycle jacket has all the bells and whistles you crave; shiny silver-tone zippers on the front and sleeves, epaulets, and a front snap coin pocket. And if it gets dirty, you can toss it in the wash.
2. Random Identities Faux Leather Bomber Jacket
BEST DESIGNER JACKET
Stefano Pilati was the head designer at both Yves Saint Laurent and Ermenegildo Zegna. In 2016 he left Zegna to create Random Identities. Drawing inspiration from the Berlin club scene, Pilati envisions his wares as elevated basics for a unisex world. His black faux leather bomber jacket is slightly full, with a ribbed stand-up collar, ribbed cuffs, and waist. It has two-button front pockets, so your phone, money, and whatnots don’t accidentally slither out.
3. Escalier Faux Leather Moto Jacket
BEST MOTO JACKET
There are times when you don’t want to feel encumbered by a messenger bag or a backpack. This vegan leather motorcycle jacket has a nice worn-in look, standup collar and enough pockets to stash exactly what you need. It has two slash pockets, and the inner ribbed standup collar and snap cuffs can be adjusted for fit. Pick it up in the light yellow-tannish shade, or black if that’s more your style. This stylish piece proves that the best vegan leather jackets for men don’t have to come with a three-figure price tag.
4. Vegan Commando Black and White Biker Jacket
BEST JACKET TO RELEASE YOUR INNER PUNK ROCKER
Add some flash and rock n’ roll to your days (or nights) with this two-tone vegan leather biker jacket. The black-and-white design harkens back to the original biker jackets, but it has a modern slim fit and a quilted body for warmth. Straight to Hell’s been making vegan leather, or as they like to call it “artificial leather” jackets, for 10 years. Their jacket sizes run from a 34 short to 56. This two-tone biker jacket also sports zippered sleeves and pockets.
5. Only & Sons Faux Leather Racing Jacket
BEST “GOES WITH ANYTHING” JACKET
Only & Sons is a Denmark-based apparel brand, and they like to tweak classic designs with modern sensibility. Combining minimalism and utilitarian trends, this vegan leather jacket for men has a snap tabbed collar, and the back features a stitched down back panel. If a jacket could have an attitude, this one would exude quiet confidence. Pair it with work and weekend wear.
6. BooHooMan Faux Leather Biker Jacket
BEST BUDGET BUY
Now marked down from $65, this vegan leather biker jacket for men is a style steal. It doesn’t skimp on style, either. You’ll find shiny zippers down the front and sleeves, and the wide lapels have stud details.
7. chouyatou Men’s Vintage Leather Jacket
BEST VEGA LEATHER TRUCKER JACKET
Ever want to channel your inner Avenger? You’re in luck with this faux leather trucker jacket. It’s the style twin of the jacket worn by Bucky Barnes, AKA the Winter Soldier, in the Avengers movies. It has a stand-up collar, two front snap pockets and zippered sleeves. It also comes in tan and coffee brown.
8. INC Men’s Jones Two-Tone Faux-Leather Jacket
BEST VINTAGE-STYLE JACKET
This two-tone vegan leather jacket looks like it snuck off the set of a 70s action movie. It has a worn-in, found in a high-end vintage shop appeal. But unlike a true vintage leather jacket, it can be tossed in the wash.